Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 23, 2012

Kerens Library to benefit from festival

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Kerens Cotton Harvest Festival went well this past Saturday, raising at least as much money as last year’s event. The goal for the festival is to raise enough to support the Kerens Public Library.

Last year, they were able to add a summer children’s reading program and beginner’s computer classes at the library, and although a break-in required a new security system, things look good this year, said Gayle Steed, chairwoman of the event.

“This is our eighth year and it’s just mind-boggling. It continues to grow every year,” she said. “This year was no exception.”

The Sisters on the Fly Travel trailer tours, the three entertainment stages organized by Christine Howell, the Lions Club’s Churn-Off ice cream contest, all contributed to a good festival.

“One of our local restaurants normally uses about 100 pounds of ice in a day, and he used 450 pounds of ice Saturday,” Steed said.

The birthplace of Big Tex, the State Fair’s mascot, Kerens has an inflatable Big Tex on Highway 31, and that turned into a kind of memorial site for the original statue which caught fire Friday in Dallas. People put flowers around the inflatable Tex, and signed a guest book.

In addition to the library, there were plenty of other winners Saturday who deserve their 15 minutes. The winners in the following competitions are:

Lions Club Churn-off winner was Deanna Jackson, who won with her peaches and pecans homemade ice cream.

The winners of the Chili cook-off were:

First, Allison Williams of Corsicana; second, Larry Preston of Arlington; third, Robby Swart of Corsicana; fourth, Ron Baker of Ennis; fifth, Kathy Preston of Arlington; sixth, Michelle Kirk of Ennis; seventh, Jeremy Tipton of Corsicana; eight, Andy Williams of Corsicana; ninth, Rosa Gonzales of Corsicana and tenth, Frank Gadberry of Lancaster. Because there was a three-way tie for tenth place, it should be pointed out that Jimmy Johnson of Corsicana got a “kiss your sister,” tenth place, which is where the winner doesn’t receive a prize.

Show winners were all from Kerens and the winning teams were Hillbilly Chili, Redneck Made, and Rowdy Girls.

Fast-moving winds 100 feet off the ground kept the hot-air balloons from flying Saturday morning, but the pilots said they want to try again next year.

“We flew a couple of passes Friday afternoon, and we got in the glow Friday night but it went windy on us and we couldn’t do anything else,” said Mark Ibbotson, one of the pilots. “We’re just as disappointed as everybody else.  We wanted to fly, too. But we didn’t want to take a chance on anybody getting hurt.”

Next year, they’ll try again, and maybe add a “Burner’s Breakfast” for the pilots who made the trip, Ibbotson said. “I want to do something for the pilots, to include them in the festival.”

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